Fans of Patrick McGoohan’s classic BBC spy series The Prisoner will recognize this gimmick from Episode 15, “The Girl Who Was Death.” It’s a pint glass with words etched on the bottom (in authentic “Village” font) that appear line-by-line as the liquid is imbibed. My version is the closest reproduction of the original I could achieve.

I have an old friend who is a rabid fan of the show, and I made her a set of four of these as a gift for her most recent birthday. The stencil art is attached to the project as a PDF, and is available in other popular vector formats from Thingiverse.

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Anonymous

    funny! cuz its true!!! 

    well, if your beverage contained alcohol anyway :)

    • Anonymous

      Noooo!
      I though alcohol was a preservative ;)

      • Anonymous

        Also true! 

        Gets rid of the weak brain cells so it effectively preserves the strong ones!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1470235607 Kimo Tichgelaar

    How can you make sure people hold them right-side up and not get “Poisoned  Been Just Have You” (only upside-down)?

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

      Well, you could use a mug instead of a glass, and choose the orientation of the mug handle with respect to the text based on whether the person using the mug is right- or left-handed…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1470235607 Kimo Tichgelaar

    How can you make sure people hold them right-side up and not get “Poisoned  Been Just Have You” (only upside-down)?  They might think Yoda has just poisoned them…

  • http://mattrichardson.com/ Matt Richardson

    Awesome project! I’m definitely adding this to my list of things to try. Thanks for the write up, Sean!

  • http://twitter.com/TreyHSmith Trey Smith

    Sean, awesome job!!! I would love to buy a couple of sets of these for friends if you ever make any more.